Which Texas City Was Just Ranked Best Place to Live? Hint: It Starts with an ‘A’

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Releasing its “Best Places to Live Rankings” on Tuesday, April 10, the U.S. News & World Report identified Austin, Texas, as the number one-ranked city. The collected data was divided into five categories: cost of living, job market, quality of life, the rate of people moving in and out of each city, and the desire to live there.

Texas City Ranked Best Place to Live: Hint…It Starts With an ‘A’

Photo: tendenci/SXSW 2015 Day 2 in Austin, Texas, taken by Ed Schipul

Each category was also worth a set number of points, adding to each city’s final score. Overall, the ranking entailed the review of 125 cities throughout the U.S., and Austin wasn’t the only urban center in Texas to make the list. Others included San Antonio at number 14, Dallas at 18, and Houston at 26, with Killeen, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, McAllen, and Brownsville also ranking.

Texas City Ranked Best Place to Live: Hint…It Starts With an ‘A’

Photo: Flickr/Andrew Nourse

Analyzing data from 3,000 respondents, the study also collected information from the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the FBI Uniform Crime Report, and additional rankings from the U.S. News & World Report databanks. With respect to the idea of making a move to one of these cities, it was noted that, “The job market certainly still plays a major role in the decision, but so does the affordability of the area, the quality of education, commute time and growth of the area, signifying the metro area’s long-term success, among other factors.”